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New York AG Proposes Legislation Regulating Payroll Cards.

February 19, 2015 23:59
by Jason A. Storipan
Following his office’s 2013 investigation into payroll cards and release of a report on the issue in 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently sent legislation regarding the use of payroll cards by employers to pay employees to the Legislature for consideration and action. A payroll card is a debit card used by employers to pay employees’ wages in lieu of payment by paper check or direct deposit. Each payday, the employer deposits an employee’s wages electron...

New York | Legislation

Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is Part of a Larger Trend Toward Local Government Action

February 19, 2015 00:50
by Joesph Gagnon
Citing the absence of federal action, an increasing number of states and cities are enacting statutes and ordinances providing for greater workplace protections than those afforded by federal laws such as Title VII and the FMLA. This can create heightened compliance burdens for employers, as municipal governments are creating inconsistent obligations for businesses operating in more than one city. Occasionally, legislatures and city councils lack clear popular support for their action, leading...

Equal Rights Ordinance | Houston

Legal Protection for Interns on Its Way to NJ Soon?

February 16, 2015 00:26
by Jason A. Storipan
Last month the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee approved the New Jersey Intern Protection Act and sent it to the whole Assembly for a vote. The bill approved by the Assembly Labor Committee was passed by the Senate in June of 2014 and now awaits a vote by the Assembly. The bill if passed would extend certain legal protections under the Law Against Discrimination, New Jersey’s anti-discrimination law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (also known as CEPA), New Jersey’s whi...

New Jersey | Interns | Legal Protection

New Jersey's "Ban the Box" Law: FAQs for Employers

February 3, 2015 06:59
by Joseph W. Ambash
The New Jersey Opportunity to Compete Act, better known as “Ban the Box,” will go into effect in less than a month, making this a great time for employers to review their employment applications and hiring procedures to ensure that they will be in compliance with the new law. The following Frequently Asked Questions will help employers get up to speed on the law’s requirements. Read more.

New Jersey

New Massachusetts Parental Leave Law Extends Protections to Male Employees

January 13, 2015 03:59
by Katharine Crawford
With very little fanfare or media attention, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a bill into law the day before he left office that establishes parental leave in Massachusetts for both female and male employees. Effective April 7, 2015, the new law will replace the current Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MLA), which provides only female employees with eight weeks of job-protected maternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child. Extending parental leave to male employees will require si...

Massachusetts | Parental Leave Law

Oregon's Minimum Wage Now $2.00 Per Hour Higher Than Federal Rate

January 5, 2015 04:30
by Mitchell Baker
After a January 1st increase of 15 cents per hour, Oregon’s minimum wage now stands at $9.25 – exactly two dollars per hour more than the federal minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour. That places Oregon near the top of the list of 29 states with minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only Washington and the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates higher than Oregon at $9.47 and $9.50 respectively. Oregon...

Minimum Wage | Oregon

Colorado's Minimum Wage Increased January 1

January 2, 2015 04:27
by Todd Fredrickson
The Colorado minimum wage increased by 23 cents to $8.23 per hour on January 1, 2015. Tipped employees are entitled to receive at least $5.21 per hour. These increases to Colorado’s minimum wage rates reflect the annual adjustment for inflation required by the Colorado Constitution. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Colorado

Remember, The Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increased January 1, 2015

January 2, 2015 04:25
On January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased from $8.00 to $9.00 per hour. This is the first of three annual minimum wage rate hikes that Massachusetts employers will face due to legislation signed into law last June. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Massachusetts

New Jersey Minimum Wage Increases To $8.38 Per Hour

January 2, 2015 04:21
by Rosemary Gousman
Beginning January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in New Jersey is $8.38 per hour, up from $8.25 per hour. This pay hike is the result of the November 2013 voter-approved state constitutional amendment that requires that New Jersey’s minimum wage be adjusted annually to reflect any percentage increase of the consumer price index for all urban wage earners and clerical workers (CPI-W) for the prior year. Because the CPI-W increased by 1.59 percent from August 2013 to August 2014, the state...

Minimum Wage | Minimum Wage | New Jersey

Ohio's Minimum Wage Boosted 15 Cents On January 1

January 2, 2015 04:06
by Steven Loewengart  & Steven Nobil
Minimum wage workers in Ohio will see their hourly pay increase by 15 cents in 2015. Effective January 1st, the Ohio minimum wage rate increased from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The minimum wage rate for tipped employees is one-half that, or $4.05 per hour. The increased rates are due to the annual adjustment for inflation required by the Ohio Constitution. Learn more.

Minimum Wage | Ohio

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